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Change in right to work checks from 1st October 2022 Published Date: 03/10/2022

The adjustments to right to work checks introduced on 30 March 2020 as part of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19), has ended on 30 September 2022.

From 1 October 2022, employers must carry out one of the prescribed checks before employment commences, as set out in guidance.

These checks are:

  1. a manual right to work check

  2. a right to work check using IDVT through the services of an identity service provider (IDSP)

  3. a Home Office online right to work check

Conducting any of these checks will provide employers with a statutory excuse which is a defence against a civil penalty.

Further information for employers on how to conduct these checks is available on the Right to work checks: an employer’s guide.

This update is also reflected in the "Licensing authority guide to right to work checks".